You might think that your only a few pounds over, that’s not enough to cause any problems. I’m only thirty something, I don’t need to see a doctor, I feel fine. Being heavy at any age can cause health problems. As a youth and being to heavy your heart will adjust and become larger to handle the extra demand for blood to be pumped to a larger area. But after a prolong amount of time your heart has to work harder to keep up. The extra work will take years of life away from you. Most extremely overweight people don’t live a normal lifespan. If your overweight or just heavy you might want to see a doctor and talk about your weight
Overweight people who lower their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels could cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by more than half, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed 97 studies that included a total of more than 1.8 million people worldwide. They found that high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels explain up to half of overweight and obese people’s increased risk of heart disease. And those same factors account for three-quarters of their increased risk of stroke.
High blood pressure posed the greatest threat, accounting for 31 percent of the increased risk of heart disease and 65 percent of the increased risk of stroke, according to the study, published online Nov. 22 in The Lancet.
“Our results show that the harmful effects of overweight and obesity on heart disease and stroke partly occur by increasing blood pressure, serum cholesterol and blood [sugar],” senior study author Goodarz Danaei, an assistant professor of global health at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said in a school news release. Therefore, controlling these risk factors — for example, through better diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure — can prevent some of the harmful effects of overweight and obesity, he added.
Obesity has nearly doubled worldwide since 1980. More than 1.4 billion adults aged 20 and older are overweight or obese. Health problems associated with overweight and obesity include heart disease and stroke — the leading causes of death worldwide —diabetes and several types of cancer.
Moreover, about 3.4 million people worldwide die each year because of overweight and obesity, according to the researchers.
Study co-author Majid Ezzati, a professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London, said controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes will be “an essential but partial and temporary response” to the obesity epidemic.
Obese might not be as heavy as you might think. If you weigh 20% more than you should or what your doctor considers to be normal, you are considered to be OBESE. If your heavy it may be time to take it serious.